Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation - March 15 - March 19, 2019

Audience
university students

Please note: This workshop is by special invitation only

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation

Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation photo by Rudy Rosen

The Welder Wildlife Foundation Headquarters is located on the Welder Wildlife Refuge off HWY 77 approximately 10 miles northeast of Sinton, Texas. Most of the Headquarters complex was built in 1958. It consists of the main headquarters building, four residences, graduate student dormitory, visitors dormitory, and a rotunda that includes a dining area and complete kitchen.

Travel instructions

From Sinton, Texas, take Hwy 77 north toward Woodsboro and Victoria.  Depending on the exit you take leaving Sinton, after approximately 7–10 miles you will see a brown highway sign announcing the Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. 

Exit right off the highway immediately after the sign and proceed to the Foundation’s white stucco gate house. 

If you cross the Aransas River Bridge you missed the exit by about 1.5 miles. 

The Headquarters is located 2 miles from the main gate. Continue on the paved road without turning onto side roads until you cross a cattle guard. After you have crossed the cattle guard, you will see a sign directing you to the Headquarters.    

You can also Google:  "10429 Welder Wildlife"

P.O. Box 1400
Sinton, Texas 78387
361-364-2643
Conservation Officer, Retired (01/24/2019)
Formally with Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Bureau
Joli began her career in conservation by volunteering and working seasonal positions in Colorado with the Student Conservation Association, the NPS, USFWS, and the Iowa Conservation Commission while attending and after graduation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 1989, Joli left Colorado to return home to the Midwest to start her 3-decade career as an Iowa Conservation Officer. In 1999, she expanded her role as a law enforcement (LE) trainer with the IDNR, accepting the new position of Training Coordinator and eventually becoming Supervisor of Licensing and Training for fifteen years. Coming full circle, Joli worked her final years back in the field.
Joli’s passions have evolved from LE training and “education through enforcement” to introducing new audiences to conservation and natural resources recreation and appreciation through programs including Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Outdoors Woman. She also enjoys working with Iowa State University (ISU) in outdoor skills programming, Hunter Education, class presentations, and presenting for over two decades with the Program for Women in Science and Engineering.
Joli enjoys trailrunning, bicycling, and paddling with her partner and dogs. She finds great joy and deep value in bird hunting (especially behind her late, beloved springer, Abbey), firearm and bow hunting deer from a treestand, and sitting in the spring woods calling turkeys. She is excited to spend more time doing all of that--and CLfT!